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Hopkinton Winter Games

February 13, 2014 — This unidentified cross-country skier made pretty good time on Main Street today, while motorized vehicles were piling up all over town.


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New Website for Hopkinton Moms Group

Check out their new website, linked on the left, and ALWAYS linked from our Community Page under the "Hopkinton" heading in the blue menu bar near the top.
Neither Rain Nor Snow...

February 13, 2014 — Officer Thomas Griffin, investigating an alleged hit and run, speaks with the operator of a pickup truck on Main Street this morning.


Mayor, Governor to co-host event honoring those affected by 2013 events


BOSTON – February 13, 2014 — The Boston Athletic Association announced today plans for an official tribute event to mark the one year anniversary of April 15, 2013. The event, hosted jointly by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Governor Deval L. Patrick in coordination with One Fund Boston will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on April 15, 2014.


“On April 15, we recall the courage, compassion, and commitment of our great city and its people,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Through this event, Boston again stands as one: paying tribute to all those affected by last year’s events and once again showing the world that Boston’s spirit of resiliency lives on.”


“As a community, we were put to the ultimate test by the events at last year’s Boston Marathon,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick. “But we rose to the occasion: turning to each other, rather than against and showing the world what a strong community looks like. Though we all had our lives affected in profoundly different ways, this Tribute will show the world again that we stand as one.”


The tribute will honor those affected by last year’s events, including those who lost their lives, survivors and first responders. Featured at the event will be speakers representing families of those affected, medical staff who treated patients, responding government agencies and a host of civic leaders. The event will conclude with a flag-raising ceremony and brief moment of silence.


“We are humbled to participate in this tribute on behalf of the entire Marathon community,” said Tom Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association. “We continue to express our deepest gratitude to all those who courageously reacted to help save lives. And we remain committed to showing our support and encouragement for those that were injured or lost a loved one. What’s clear is that the bravery and tenacity exhibited in the moments following last year’s events are attributes that continue to define our community today. That’s what we seek to honor at this event.” 


Because of space restrictions, access to the Hynes Convention Center will be by invitation only. More details on the event, including a list of speakers and other program elements, logistics for the public, and media access will be released at a later date. Photo, Eric Haynes, Governor's Office.


From Hopkinton School Department February 13, 2014:
Early Release Today - Due to impending Weather

HHS/HMS - 10:45 AM
Elmwood - 11:25 AM
Hopkins/Center - 12:05 PM
No Lunches will be served
All after school and evening events have been canceled


Vacation Week Programming

The MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton Branch offers vacation programming for youth who are in Grades K-6. 
February Vacation and April Vacation are left. Click here to learn more.



Hopkinton Middle School teachers Sally-Ann Stukuls and Rich Paquette to Run Boston

Running the Boston Marathon in order to raise funds for the Friends of Hopkinton Public Library. 


Fundraisers for the Boston Marathon Friends of the Library Runners


Sally and Rich will be hosting two fundraisers leading up to the marathon.  Bill’s Pizza has offered to donate 10% of their sales on Wednesday nights February 12, 19 and 26 from 5-9 PM. Please just make sure you tell them you are there to support the Friends of Hopkinton Library! 


On February 27 from 2-5 PM at Cornell’s, Sally and Rich have organized a raffle through the help of several Hopkinton businesses that have donated goods or gift certificates.  Donations can also be made directly to Sally or Rich, or at http://www.hopkintonlibraryfriends.org/.  Please join in and help them with their fundraising efforts for the Friends of Hopkinton Library!


  Police Incident Log - Updated February 12, 2014

Incident Log

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

9:38 pm Officer Peter Booth checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on West Main Street.

8:01 pm Officer Peter Booth stood by a disabled motor vehicle on South Street until help could arrive.

4:17 pm Two operators reported being involved in a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Officer William Burchard responded and wrote out a report.

8:56 am A motorist reported being involved in a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on Main Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and wrote a report.

7:08 am The Westborough Police Department requested that an officer check on a Pond Street resident who was believed to have left the scene of a motor vehicle accident in their town. While Officer David Shane was in route the Westborough Police Department advised that they have already spoken with him.

2:08 am Officer Robert Bielecki checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

Monday, February 10, 2014

9:14 pm Officer William Burchard assisted a disabled motor vehicle that was out of gas on Hayden Rowe Street.

4:49 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was on the side of Lumber Street blocking traffic while the operator was on the phone refusing to move. The vehicle was last known heading towards West Main Street on the wrong side of the road for several hundred yards. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

4:43 pm Three callers reported a motor vehicle accident with personal injury on Hayden Rowe Street. Three officers responded and advised that one individual was transported to the hospital and a Criminal Application was issued for Operating to Endanger and Drugs.

3:13 pm A resident of Forest Lane reported that a fire alarm was sounding. The Fire Department responded and advised that it was a faulty detector.

10:00 am A caller reported finding a hypodermic needle on the sidewalk on Davis Road and that this was the fourth needle handed in. The caller was advised to have residents call the police when needles are found.

9:01 am A caller reported that the operator of a motor vehicle was operating erratically on West Main Street. Officer Patrick O'Brien checked the area with a negative find.

1:28 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a parked motor vehicle on West Main Street.

12:13 am A caller from Walcott Street reported that a vehicle was parked on the sidewalk making it difficult for snow removal. The owner was contacted and moved the vehicle.


Lunch and Dinner at Cornell's Irish Pub Today, all day - February 12, 2014
229 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton



It's All About the Hair

February 11, 2014 — Jewelry, candy, clothes... they all matter. But the number one thing guys need to know is that it all boils down to the hair. To make her feel really special, surprise her with a gift certificate to Ann-Michele's at 1 Claflin Common behind Century 21.  508-435-9422.

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Meet the Candidates for Chief of Police
Thursday, February 13, 2014
5:30 pm Town Hall
Room 215

Hopkinton Selectmen will meet Thursday to interview the remaining four candidates for the position of Chief of Police of Hopkinton, Mass. Two are from the Department, from left, Interim Chief Charles Wallace and Sgt. Joseph Bennett; two are from outside the department, Captain Edward Lee of  Woonsocket, Rhode Island Police Department and Lt. Thomas Lynch of the Franklin, Mass Police Department.


The public is invited to attend a meet and greet at 5:30 pm in Room 215of Town Hall. Following one on one introductions with the members of he Board of Selectmen, the board may go into executive session to deliberate unrelated matters.


Following the executive session, if it occurs, the board will interview the candidates, and then deliberate on the appointment of one of them. If they so decide, they will appoint one of the candidates; or they could decide to continue deliberations at another time.

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Ernest P. Paolini, 92


Ernest P. Paolini, 92, of Hopkinton, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014 at Genesis Healthcare in Milford. Born in Westborough, he was the son of the late Domenica (Moretti) and Adolpho Paolini. He was the husband of the late Gwendolyn Elizabeth (Adams) Paolini who passed in 2004.

Ernest attended school in Westborough and served in the US Navy during World War II. He survived the torpedo attack of the USS Ashtabula at Leyte Gulf in the Pacific, the largest naval attack in history.

He was an all-around machinist who retired from Noremac Manufacturing in 1987. Ernest shared his love of the outdoors with his family. He was an avid fisherman and gardener and excelled at figure skating. He shared his love of music often, entertaining family and friends by playing classical accordion. He was very active at the Hopkinton Senior Center where he was a greeter and also very active with his church.

He is survived by his children, Robert Paolini and his wife Peggy Connelly of Hopkinton and Cheryl Goodman and her husband Leonard of Rockport; 5 grandchildren, Courtney, Sam, Matthew, Stephanie, Amanda, and 3 great-grandchildren, Molly, Sam and Ozzie. He also leaves his sisters, Mary LaPlante of Tennessee, Amena Paolini of Attleboro, and Gloria White and her husband Dennis of Hudson and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brothers Rocco, Guido, Henry and Serafino and by his sisters Rose Ladd, Marguerite Santoro, Jeanne Trotta, Bernice Loncar and Ida Jskulka.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 9:00a.m.-10:30a.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, 57 Hayden Rowe St.  A funeral service will be  celebrated following visitation at 11:00a.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Hopkinton. Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Hopkinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 61 Wood St. Hopkinton, MA 01748. HopNews file photo.


Accused Southborough Child Rapist Captured in New York


Last night, after the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) and Southborough police developed information on the whereabouts of an accused child rapist, New York troopers arrested the suspect at an Econo Lodge in Albany.


ROBERT CERQUA, 58, of Southborough, was taken into custody in a hotel room by nine troopers assigned to the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit. CERQUA is charged on a warrant with two counts of aggravated rape of a child, rape, indecent assault and battery on a child over 14, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and dissemination of obscene material to a juvenile. Evidence suggests CERQUA raped a girl over an eight year period.


On Monday afternoon, the State Police VFAS, working with the Framingham Police Street Crimes Unit, responded to an alert from Southborough Police asking officers to be on the lookout for CERQUA. VFAS troopers and Framingham officers checked local area hotels and conducted multiple interviews. As a result, they developed information suggesting CERQUA was in a certain area of Albany. VFAS troopers contacted New York State Police, and NYSP troopers on Monday night located CERQUA’s vehicle outside the Econo Lodge. They established a perimeter and surveillance while awaiting completion of an arrest warrant. The arrest was made shortly before midnight.


Woman Charged with OUI After Striking State Police Cruiser on Pike



February 11, 2014 — Trooper Mark Lombardi, whose cruiser was struck by a suspected drunk driver on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston last night, was treated at Boston Medical Center and released. The driver who struck his cruiser, ANN LYN KING, 45, of Worcester, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor and several motor vehicle violations.


Trooper Lombardi was inside his marked 2013 Ford Interceptor sport utility cruiser when it was struck from behind by 2012 Kia Sorrento operated by KING shortly before 10:30 p.m. The force of the crash caused KING’s vehicle to roll over onto its side. The trooper called the Weston Barracks himself to report the crash and request EMS. At the time of the crash, the trooper was in position to protect a maintenance crew performing light pole inspections on the Turnpike in Brighton, just over the Newton line.


Following an investigation, KING was charged with the following offenses:

1.     OUI Liquor;

2.     Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle;

3.     Massachusetts Turnpike Passing Violation;

4.     Failure to Obey Massachusetts Turnpike Sign; and

5.     Negligent Operation in a Massachusetts Turnpike Construction Zone.


KING was expected to be arraigned today in the Brighton Division of the Boston Municipal Court

Mass State Police photo


Boston Strong – Bossart Strong

Hopkinton woman seeks support for running Boston


On January 27, 24-year-old Kevin Bossart from Quincy, Ma suffered from a cardiac arrest due to a pre-existing heart condition that left him in a coma for a few days. Kevin was walking into the train station on his way to work when the attack occurred. Almost immediately, MTBA employee Tomas Gonzales came to Kev’s rescue. Kevin was given CPR, which he did not respond to for a few hours. 


Kevin’s attack left him in critical condition; with all the odds pointed against him, he miraculously pulled through. Kevin woke up on his own Wednesday, February 29th leaving friends, family, and a large medical staff inspired by his strength and optimism. It has been reported that he will make a full neurological and physical recovery.


Although Kevin’s road to recovery will be long and difficult, it will be lit with the positive energy, good vibes, and love from his peers. This year, Rachel Dobinski, will be running The Boston Marathon to raise money for Kevin. They both met attending Southern New Hampshire University and have remained close every since.


All money donated to the Boston Strong – Bossart Strong cause will go directly to Kevin and his family to ease some of the financial burden this event has caused.


To learn more about Kevin’s story, please like the Boston Strong – Bossart Strong Facebook page:

 www.facebook.com/BossartStrong To donate to Kevin’s GoFundMe page, please click here: www.gofundme.com/BossmanStrong



A Call for Talent


The Milford Performing Arts Center's Full Circle Theatre Company presents auditions for The Diary of Anne Frank.  In spite of her horrific circumstances, Anne Frank bravely recounts her day-to-day life in a journal while in hiding in Nazi Germany.  She heroically reminds us that, even in the darkest of times, "people are really good at heart."  The play is a dramatization by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett of Anne’s journal and received the Tony Award for Best Play during its original Broadway run. 


Actors able to play ages 13 to late 50's needed.  Please bring a photo and resume and be prepared to read from the script.  Auditions at the MPAC studio at 150 Main Street, Milford on Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  For more information, please call MPAC at 508 473-1684 or email us at milfordpac@verizon.net.


Brrr.... Frozen Pipes?

If you have frozen pipes, put the torch down and give Peter Zereski a call. He uses the most modern, safe, flame-free thawing system available


Planning Board to Hold Hearing Tonight on 42 Main Street Plan

Above, a view from Main Street, and below, a view from Walcott Street.

February 10, 2014 — Hopkinton residents Kathy and Greg Mazur, doing business as MNR Realty LLC, have purchased the land the former Central House was located on, 42 Main Street, as well as 5 and 7 Walcott Street, and will present plans for a new building at a Public Hearing before the Planning Board this evening. Although the property is zoned for three stories, the proposed 19,000(+) square foot building will be two stories and will house retail, office and restaurant uses. About 6,400 square feet of the total will be dedicated to utility uses in the basement.

        Current zoning allows a builder to build 5' from the edge of the curb, but this building will be set back a bit, about 25' from the curb with a welcoming courtyard.

        According to materials submitted to the Planning Board, the garage at 5 Walcott Street will be repurposed as a retail location (after a small addition), and the house at 7 Walcott Street will be demolished for parking spaces. 

         They expect between 40-50 employees between the restaurant and retail spaces. They will provide 40 parking spaces on site.

          The Public Hearing begins at 7:45 pm in Room 211 of Town Hall.


First Place

February 10, 2014 — The Let's Sing! Dance! Act! dance team, SDA Dance Company, attended Starbound in Springfield, MA  this weekend for a dance competition. Although it was their first entry, they received First Place (Top Score) in the Small Group/Novice category; High Gold and Gold.  

The SDA Dance team is coached by Jodi Palmieri, artistic director/choreographer; Maddie Dragsbaek, choreographer; and Courtney Welsh, Dance Coach.

Dancers are:  Morgan Dragsbaek, Taylor McLaughlin, Susanna Schroeder, Marisa Cofone (all attend Hopkinton Middle School); and Tina Vanslette who attends The McAullife Charter School.

Real Estate Transactions for Hopkinton Massachusetts

Compiled for HopNews.com by Eric Montville © 2014 All Rights Reserved
New Transactions from February 4, 2014 - February 10, 2014
Click on blue links to see Town's property card w/photo
Address Buyer Price Date Seller
71 South Street Louback Brothers LLC $1,280,000 February 7, 2014 71 South Street Associates LLC
6 Lowell Drive unit 31 David C. Trussler $437,000 February 7, 2014 Jane C. Anderson
Duffield Road Scott Karl Reed, Kerry Reed $17,700 February 6, 2014 Town of Hopkinton
187 Lumber Street Michael Oshea, Gretchen Reinhard $297,000 February 6, 2014 Douglas S. Tashjian, DST Realty Trust
10 Autumn Ridge Drive unit 31 Stephen J. Mickevich, Jr. $455,000 February 6, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Last Week        
Penny Meadow Lane, lot 20 Sandra Murphy $5,000 February 3, 2014 Mizzen Realty Corp
Pond Street David R. Kraus, Heather M. Wightman $235,000 February 3, 2014 Joseph Alan Strazzulla, Diane M. Strazzulla
9 Frostpane Lane, unit 56 Subha Balu, Raja Amudhan Tamizharasi
$462,950 January 31, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
10 Chamberlain Street Timi Schonhorn, Jeremy Schonhorn $685,000 January 31, 2014 Peter Theran, Tracy Theran
4 Frostpane Lane, unit 80 Sergei Zakharov, Tanya Zakharova $399,840 January 30, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
6 Lincoln Street Utpal Dixit, Neha Dixit $357,000 January 30, 2014 Colin Leduc
6 Walcott Valley Drive, unit 3 Mark V. Kosa $160,000 January 30, 2014 Patricia S. Wade Family Revocable Trust
195 West Main Street Catherine A. Sweeney, 193 West Main Street
Realty Trust
$265,000 January 28, 2014 Robert F. Evers Sr., Linda Parker, 195 West Main
Street Realty Trust
2 Frostpane Lane, unit 81 Onomitra Ghosh, Ranjana Das $427,835 January 27, 2014 Pulte Homes of New England LLC
Week Before
43 Pleasant Street Tyler S. Sakats, Mallory A. Mason $330,400 January 24, 2014 Timothy Fitzgibbons, Christine Fitzgibbons,
Christine M. O'Brien

  Police Incident Log - Updated February 10, 2014

Arrest Log

Sunday, February 9, 2014

12:52 am Officer John Moran arrested a 17 year-old male Juvenile on Robbern Road and charged him with Speeding and OUI Liquor.

Incident Log

Sunday, February 9, 2014

11:55 pm A caller from Gassett Road spoke with Sgt. Scott vanRaalten regarding a dispute between her and her now estranged husband in Delaware.

11:27 pm A Westcott Drive resident reported hearing a banging sound coming from a neighbor's house. Two officers checked the residence and advised that all was secure.

8:21 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil checked and spoke with two individuals in a parked motor vehicle on Parkwood Drive.

6:48 pm A walk-in reported finding an unattended dog walking on Ash Street. The owner was identified and responded to pick up the dog.

4:40 pm Officer Peter Booth spoke with an individual who was napping in a motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

6:53 am A motorist reported an icy on-ramp to Route 495. The Highway Department was notified.

3:18 am Officer John Moran checked on several motor vehicles at the High School.

12:05 am Officer John Moran stopped a motor vehicle on Robbern Road and subsequently arrested a 17 year-old male and charged him with Speeding and OUI Liquor.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

10:31 pm A caller reported that a vehicle was parked on the side of South Mill Street causing a traffic hazard. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and left a message for the owner to move the vehicle.

6:52 pm Sgt. John Porter checked and spoke with the operator of a motor vehicle on Pleasant Street.

1:53 pm A resident of Davis Road reported that a suspicious motor vehicle had been parked in front of his house for over an hour. Officer Thomas Griffin responded and advised that the vehicle was gone upon his arrival.

10:08 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with a car seat installation on Main Street.

2:07 am Officer Linda Higgins checked a parked motor vehicle on Hayden Rowe Street.

12:52 am Officer Linda Higgins checked on two motor vehicles that were parked in the High School and Middle School parking lots.

Friday, February 7, 2014

10:31 pm A caller from Eastview Road reported that her son and his girlfriend were involved in a verbal argument. Three officers responded and spoke with both individuals.

6:10 pm A caller from the High School reported a parking complaint. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and made an announcement at the school.

4:42 pm A motorist reported that a dog was running in and out of the roadway on Saddle Hill Road. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area with a negative find. The Animal Control Officer was notified.

3:59 pm Officer Matthew McNeil removed debris from the roadway on Wood Street.

4:00 pm A clerk at a West Main Street business reported that a man had stolen a map. Two officers spoke with both individuals involved and then wrote a report.

2:21 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien responded to Grove Street and spoke with a resident regarding threatening comments from a neighbor.

2:29 pm Officer Stephen Buckley assisted with a disabled Boston Fire Truck on Elm Street.

11:45 am A caller reported finding a loose dog on Eastview Road. The owner was contacted and responded to pick up the dog.

11:37 am The Fire Department requested that ramp seven to Route 495 be shut down while they worked on a multi-car motor vehicle accident on the bridge. Officer Stephen Buckley responded to assist.

9:28 am Officer Stephen Buckley assisted a disabled tractor trailer unit on West Main Street.

9:28 am A Westfield Road resident reported receiving a suspicious phone call from an “auto-dialer” who was asking for personal information. When asked the callers name and where she was calling from she would only give her initials and would not tell him the company's name. The resident did not give any personal information out.

8:38 am A caller reported a motor vehicle accident without personal injury on West Main Street. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and wrote a report.

8:21 am A motorist reported that a green station wagon was operating erratically on South Street by speeding, tailgating and passing other vehicles. Two officers responded but were unable to locate the vehicle. The caller would do a statement and a citation is likely to follow.

7:26 am A resident of Spring Street reported that a gray Jeep Cherokee sped through the school bus' red lights while his daughter was being picked up this morning. Officer Gregg DeBoer responded and advised that a possible citation could follow.

2:49 am Officer Jacob Campbell checked a parked motor vehicle that was at the Middle School.

2:25 am Officer Jacob Campbell removed a barrel and some other items from the roadway on Chestnut Hill.

1:30 am Officer Robert Bielecki checked a motor vehicle on West Main Street and destroyed a small amount of marijuana.

1:24 am Officer Robert Bielecki checked a parked motor vehicle in a West Elm Street business's parking lot.


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